The world in which we live is, as never before, a time of new ideas. Many are disillusioned with the “old” ideas of previous generations: they have turned away from traditional religion which used to dominate men's lives; there is even a growing disillusionment with science and technology which not so long ago seemed to offer a way forward with promises of limitless power and energy, with new inventions taking away drudgery and repetitive mind numbing work. Yet such advances create problems of their own, such as pollution and unemployment. Similarly, traditional politics and forms of government are increasingly viewed with scepticism. So it should be no surprise that increasing numbers of people are looking for change; seeking
alternatives to the failed and failing philosophies of the past. Yet those seeking such alternatives are ignoring the fact that already in the Bible is a blue print for a new world, set out by God, a plan which hasn't changed and is ageless. At heart of this plan is the physical return of Jesus to the earth.
“. . . Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, and that He may send Jesus Christ, who was preached to you before, whom heaven must receive until the times of restoration of all things, which God has spoken by the mouth of all His holy prophets since the world began” (Acts 3:19-21).
“. . . as He (Jesus) went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel, who also said, ‘Men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven’” (Acts 1:10,11).
“Then He who sat on the throne said, ‘Behold, I make all things new.’ And He said to me, ‘Write, for these words are true and faithful’” (Revelation 21:5).
Much of the detail of all the things to be made new is to be found in the books of the Old Testament; for example:
“The wilderness and the wasteland shall be glad for them, and the desert shall rejoice and blossom as the rose . . . Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped. Then the lame shall leap like a deer, and the tongue of the dumb sing. For waters shall burst forth in the wilderness, and streams in the desert. The parched ground shall become a pool, and the thirsty land springs of water . . . They shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away” (Isaiah 35:1-10).
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"All scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work"
2 Timothy 3:16-17 NIV